A west Londoner was given a nasty shock when she discovered a 3ft long black snake had slithered into her back garden.
The Mexican kingsnake was discovered in a garden in Foxholt Gardens, Neasden on Monday April 3 by a woman who called the RSPCA for help.
Animal collection officer, Jill Sanders, said: “The poor thing looked like it had been attacked, perhaps by a cat or a fox, but didn’t appear seriously injured.
"However, I took it to our animal hospital in Putney for a vet check before it was moved to our reptile centre in Brighton.”
The snake, a variant of the common kingsnake, is receiving specialist care at the reptile centre in RSPCA's Sussex Brighton and East Grinstead Branch.
Jill believes that the snake had escaped from someone's terrarium near the garden in Neasden and is hoping to reunite the snake with it's owner.
“If anyone thinks it may belong to them I’d urge them to get in touch with us by calling our appeal line on 0300 123 8018," she said.
“If we can’t trace the original owner then, once the snake has received the treatment and care it needs, we will find a suitable new home for him or her."
The snake is not venomous and belongs to the constrictor family.
According to the charity, more people are choosing to keep reptiles as pets but as this number grows, so does the amount of times the RSPCA has to be called out to rescue them.
The charity is urging potential owners to research what is required to look after their pet before taking one on.
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